Jordan sentences 5 to death for 'terrorism'

A court in Amman on Wednesday (December 28th) sentenced to death five Jordanian members of a dismantled cell linked to the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) for "terrorism", AFP reported.

The state security court also handed jail terms of between three and 15 years to another 16 Jordanians in the same case.

They were found guilty of deadly "acts of terrorism", the manufacture of explosives and "possession of weapons and ammunition for use in terrorist acts" and recruiting people for "terrorist organisations".

The group of 21 belonged to an ISIL cell that was broken up in March during a large-scale security operation in the northern town of Irbid, near the border with Syria.

Seven suspected extremists and a member of the Jordanian security forces were killed during that operation.

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